Tips for Caring for Your Braces From Pritchard Orthodontics

Tips for Caring for Your Braces From Pritchard Orthodontics
Posted on 01/26/2016
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It seems you’ve covered all your bases: You did your research, made an appointment at Pritchard Orthodontics, and even began your treatment! But there is still one thing left for you to do, and that is to learn how to properly care for your braces. Many times, this step is overlooked. However, it is one of the most important skills to have, as your treatment will be far more hygienic, effective, and enjoyable if you are taking the time to care for your braces the right way. Here are a few tips on how to best maintain your braces near La Center.

  1. Brush brush brush. And brush. And then brush some more. Yes, we know it may seem excessive. However, braces create a ton of tiny spaces where food can easily get stuck. If the food buildup is not be brushed away, plaque can form and lead to tooth decay as well as many other serious health problems. Dr. Tyler Pritchard recommends that patients near La Center brush after each meal, as well as right before bed and after snacks if possible. This will ensure that there is no food left behind to create any oral health problems.

  2. Be wary of your diet. Many foods can be detrimental to the braces structure. Gum, caramel, and other sticky foods should be avoided at all costs. Extremely hard or crunchy foods can be problematic as well. Of course, no one wants to cut out the foods they love during treatment. But unfortunately, eating these kinds of foods can lead to broken wires or brackets that will hurt your mouth and possibly extended treatment time. Contact Pritchard Orthodontics to learn more about the foods you should avoid.

  3. Don’t forget to floss. Flossing is extremely important to oral health because it helps to eliminate possibilities of gum diseases and cavities. Yet because it becomes more difficult with braces, many people decide to skip flossing. Pritchard Orthodontics wants to remind patients near La Center not to forget to floss! Thread the floss under the main wire of the braces, and then proceed as you normally would, making sure to clean every spot. Floss is less likely to get stuck if it is waxed, so look for a waxed brand. If you are having trouble, tell Dr. Tyler Pritchard on your next visit, either the doctor or someone from the team will help you and teach you how to floss with your braces!  

  4. Watch out for over whitening. Many types of toothpaste nowadays contain whitening agents. While everyone wants a pearly white smile, those with braces should be careful of just how much whitening you do while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brackets take up a significant amount of space on the tooth, and whitening treatments cannot get under this area. Therefore, when the braces come off, you may find a section of your tooth to be discolored if you have accidentally whitened only the area around where the brackets were. To be safe, avoid whitening during orthodontic treatment. Keep in mind that the same goes for stains. Coffee, red wine, and other colored foods can stain the areas of the teeth that are exposed. Be wary of your teeth’s coloring.

  5. Contact Dr. Tyler Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics! Should you encounter any issues, breakages, or simple any questions, do not hesitate to contact Pritchard Orthodontics near La Center. Letting problems go unsolved can be harmful to oral health and can extend treatment times. Visit online or call our office at 360.667.4111 immediately!